Michael Wood : A Former Baltimore Police Officer Breaks His Silence

Posted: June 27, 2015 in Politics
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Wood told Radley Balko at The Washington Post that he learned to adopt an “us vs. them” mentality early on in his policing career: “It’s ingrained in you that this is a war, and if someone isn’t wearing a uniform, they’re the enemy,” said Wood. “It just becomes part of who you are, of how you do your job. And when all you’re doing is responding to calls, you’re only seeing the people in these neighborhoods when there’s conflict. So you start to assume that conflict is all there is. Just bad people doing bad things.”

There’s a particular unit [of cops that urinate and defecate in the homes of suspects, even on their beds and their clothes]. It’s their calling card. Everyone knew it. Any cop who has worked in Baltimore knows about it. You definitely won’t find a cop who has done the raids who hasn’t heard about it. They usually blame it on the dog. But everyone knows it goes on. Outside of that unit it happened, but it was rarer.

Source: [Canada Journal]


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